The social worker will provide Mental Health services to the Veterans enrolled at the Portland VAMC. Clinical services include provision of high-quality case management, psychosocial assessment, counseling, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers as needed. Opiate Treatment Program - The Opiate Treatment Program (OTP) social worker provides evidence based opioid substitution and substance use disorder treatment to Veterans in the OTP. Develops an assessment of the Veteran independently and/or in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members and significant others. Provides goal planning, evaluation, and intervention with serious and complicated, highly diverse cases involving substance abuse and psychiatric illness. Demonstrates an understanding of current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this Veteran population related to their physical limitations, psychological needs, psychiatric conditions, environmental needs, and age associated illnesses and conditions. Develops or contributes to the development of the mental health treatment plan and then setting achievable treatment goals with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Completes documentation in compliance with appropriate documentation standards. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs. The social worker is responsible for educating the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them with appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference, that of his surrogate decision-maker related to mental health issues, or the team's evaluation. Reviews the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths, limitations and needs of each Veteran being referred for mental health services. Maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Provides orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 0530 - 1400 / Tuesday - Saturday 0530 - 1400 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.